With the recent news that NFL owners are seeking to extend their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, the question becomes whether the players are interested in such an extension, and what concessions might the players seek from team owners in return for coming to the negotiating table.

One issue that has [...]

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Copyrighting Costumes

On October 21, 2016 By jdclark

Halloween is just around the corner which means all across the country people are buying, selling, and creating at home a multitude of costumes, from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens characters to whatever this is. But, does dressing up as your favorite TV, movie, or comic book character infringe the author or [...]

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Killing the Cable Box

On October 17, 2016 By dpaulson

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler wants to change the way consumers watch TV by eliminating mandatory set-top box rentals.  So far, however, his cable box free future has remained elusively out of reach.

After seven months of debating, the FCC was scheduled to vote on the proposal on September 29, but ultimately removed it from [...]

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Space Tourism: Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

On October 17, 2016 By eahlzadeh

What do you want to be when you grow up? Historically, one of the most popular responses to the previous question has been astronaut. With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, this dream seemed to be more unattainable than ever. Fear not, for “when one door closes, another opens,” enter: Space Tourism.

While you [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

On September 29, 2016 By epiepenburg

After proudly exercising your right to participate in the electoral process, you want to share your excitement with the world. What better way than with a quick voting booth selfie for social media? Democracy always gets a lot of likes.

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s no surprise that “ballot selfies” are [...]

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Regulatory Hurdles for Wireless Emergency Alerts

On September 29, 2016 By ckerr

On Monday, September 19, millions in the New York metropolitan area received the familiar emergency message most often used for inclement weather or abductions. However, this message neither warned of severe weather nor described an automobile—it instead identified Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man allegedly responsible for the recent explosions in Manhattan and New Jersey, as [...]

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The Internet of Things: Cyber Dangers in a Wireless World

On September 29, 2016 By cchristian

Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was met with early enthusiasm, despite the controversy surrounding Apple’s removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack and a glitch with the wired Lightning EarPods included with the phone. Apple also released a new wireless headphones called Apple [...]

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Centralizing Cybersecurity in the Digital Age

On September 20, 2016 By cobrien

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity [“Commission”] was created by an executive order issued by President Obama in 2013. The Commission will work to enhance the security and safety of sensitive information and intellectual property within the private and public sectors by improving our nations strategies in combating cyber threats.

Many industries have a vested [...]

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Justice Department Deals a Blow to Songwriters

On September 20, 2016 By amaloney

After conducting a two-year review, the Justice Department has released a ruling on music licensing consent decrees. ASCAP and BMI, two of the music industry’s largest performing right’s societies, previously asked the Justice Department for changes to the regulatory agreements that have governed the organizations for more than sixty years. Performing rights societies are responsible for collecting royalties [...]

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